A little thing like COVID-19 couldn't stop the music. But after a year of virtual and radio broadcast performances, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the resumption of in-person concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The BPO unveiled its 2021-2022 season Thursday, as the number of COVID-19 infections decrease and the number of those vaccinated increase. The season will feature re-engagements by celebrated soprano Renée Fleming, master trumpeter Chris Botti, Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr., and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G.
“We are just so thrilled to be back to make live music for the entire Western New York community once again,” said Music Director JoAnn Falletta in a statement. “The musicians and I have missed our audiences dearly. We are so proud of our broadcast concerts from this past year, but nothing compares to a live performance in the warmth and beauty of Kleinhans Music Hall. To share that raw emotion, that power, that inspiration with our cherished patrons is something that cannot be replaced.”
This season's Pops concerts will be under the baton of John Morris Russell. Saturday evening performances will move to 7:30 p.m. and the dinner service at Henry's at Kleinhans will take reservations staring at 5 p.m.
For those who prefer daytime concerts, the Friday morning Coffee Concert series and Sunday matinees will be available.
The BPO's health and safety plan at the music hall will include all COVID-19 protocols, in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines.